Archive for September, 2013

Recent Flights and Weather Forecast

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Albany-The Capital District, looks fantastic right thru early next week for our hot air balloon rides. Unfortunately, the flying weather did not cooperate for last weekend’s Adirondack Balloon Festival or our hot air balloon rides. But, for those who want to view the fall foliage that is rapidly coming-on, this is a great time to do it, and there is no better way than above it from a hot air balloon.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

 

Recent Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Unfortunately, the flying weather was not good for us this past weekend, which coincided with the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival . That weekend seems to be snake-bit as this is the 4th or 5th year in a row that the Balloon Festival weekend has been mostly a wash for flying. Anyhow, Tuesday morning was beautiful for doing a flight for some local folks from Floyd Bennett Airport.

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

The weather forecast for the Adirondack/Lake George/Albany-The Capital District region is fantastic for flying right thru next week. The fall foliage is looking good, so it’s a good time to take a hot air balloon ride with us. Weekends are a bit full, but flights during the week are still available through our fall foliage flying season. So give us a call @ 518-793-6342 to make a reservation to view the fall foliage by hot air balloon.

Recent Flight and Balloon Festival Weather Forecast

Friday, September 20th, 2013

We had a beautiful flight this morning out of Argyle with a couple of folks on a Private Flight.

Will and Lynn from Highland Mills NY.

Will and Lynn from Highland Mills NY.

Up, up and away from behind Argyle FD this AM.

Up, up and away from behind Argyle FD this AM.

View looking north with the fog down in the valley over the Champlain Canal.

View looking north with the fog down in the valley over the Champlain Canal.

An aerial view of the mother-in-law apartment. My passengers who have flown from Argyle will be familiar with this back story.

An aerial view of the mother-in-law apartment. My passengers who have flown from Argyle will be familiar with the back story.

Well, those of you who are planning on visiting the Adirondack Balloon Festival will not be happy with the weather forecast. As I type this blog post (3:48 PM 9/20/13), I suspect that the wind will present a problem due to speed and direction out at the airport for the Friday PM launch. And then, the rest of the weekend looks difficult, tho you may see a few fly on Saturday morning, but the speed and direction of the wind will be a problem again for flying from the airport. I am sure there will be a few hardy soles who will perform for the masses, but the rest of the weekend, Saturday evening and all of Sunday will most likely be a no go. Oh well, the weather does improve for flying on Tuesday of this week and for a couple of days there after!

 

 

Argyle Elementary School Tether Day

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Yesterday and today were tether demo days for the Hartford and Argyle Elementary Schools. Baker and I have been doing these for a long time, during the week of the Adirondack Balloon Festival. We thoroughly enjoy bringing our balloon to the elementary school kids so they can see one up-close, and the smiles on all the kiddies faces.

There was a lot of fog down in the valley on the drive over, but Argyle had beautiful blue skies and calm winds for our demo for the elementary kiddies.

There was a lot of fog down in the valley on the drive over, but Argyle had beautiful blue skies and calm winds for our demo for the elementary kiddies.

The balloon shadow.

The balloon shadow.

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Our Argyle teachers on-board.

Our Argyle teachers on-board.

 

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The weather improved over the weekend after all the heavy rain earlier in the week for doing hot air balloon rides. Our first flight was on Saturday evening –

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

The all important Adirondacks/Lake George/Albany region weather forecast for the week heading into the Adirondack Balloon Festival looks good for flying during the week, but a bit unsettled over the weekend. The weather charts from the Weather Prediction Center show high pressure over the area for a good deal of the week, then a frontal passage on Saturday. For those looking to view the balloons at the Adirondack Balloon Festival, your best opportunity will be on Thursday evening at Crandall Park and Friday evening out at the Airport festival location. If things work out, they may be able to fly on Saturday morning before the rain and wind with the cold front. Sunday probably won’t happen, but, you never know for sure until the day of with the weather.

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We did manage to do a couple of flights when we got a brake with the weather. First was the past Saturday morning –

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area for this week is not very good for doing balloon rides until we get to the weekend, specifically Sunday from what they are currently showing today. On another note about current showing of weather forecasts, last week I mentioned in my blog post that the CPC’s 7-10 day outlook forecast was looking wet heading into the upcoming Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival. Well, seems there has been a change of heart as far as their forecast models, and they are now advertising above average dry? Hey, it’s the northeast. Give the forecast a minute, and it’ll change – for the good this time!

 

Recent Balloon Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Well, the flying weather for balloon rides in the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area for the Labor Day Holiday weekend, was a bust for me, as was the week going into Labor Day. The Bermuda high that set-up over our area did me no favors, just as it didn’t when it was here for much of early July. We did manage to get on flight in on the morning of the 30th.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

It’s looking like our weather is starting to shift toward fall/winter with the passing of the Labor Day holiday. It’s amazing how it works, the calendar turns and we start our steady march toward winter. I have to admit that I do love the Fall time of year.

Fall Flying!

Fall Foliage Flying!

On another weather note with the coming Adirondack Balloon Festival, I don’t want to rain on anybodies parade, but the forecast from the Climate Prediction Center is turning familiar to last couple of festivals. Hopefully, the systems will shift off the coast just in time!